How did you hear about Farm Link?
Amy currently works for the Western Agricultural Research Center in Corvallis, and she has been introduced to Farm Link through their resources.
Land Area11-40 acres
How many acres are available for agricultural production~25
Current UseNot used for agriculture
Water SourcesIrrigation system
Are water rights available to these sources?We are currently investigating our water rights, but we have access to two different irrigation ditches, one of which culminates in a small pond.
What are the soil types on your property?We did a basic test for the homestead area, and it was a sandy loam. We're planning to do more comprehensive testing (i.e. lab tests) on the field's soil this spring, as soon as the ground has thawed.
Structures/EquipmentBarn or shed for produce, livestock, or equipment storage, Irrigation equipment, Tractor or other tools, Electricity
Land TenureCropshare, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
Would you be willing to mentor or advise the entering farmer or rancher?No
Please elaborate on your willingness to mentor or advise the entering farmer or rancher:While we both have some experience with aspects of small scale farm and nursery management, we are not experienced enough to be able to provide mentorship to someone else. That said, we could make great partners if it makes sense with the land seeker's needs and experience.
Are you currently living on the farm or ranch?Yes
Do you intend to remain on the land?Yes
In your judgment, which crops/agricultural purposes are best suited to your land and which would you support on your land?Hay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Vegetable, Other
Please elaborate on the crops/agricultural purposes that are best suited to your land:Our property has seen a couple different iterations of farming operations. It was homesteaded over 100 years ago, and at that point, it served as the main resource for the family (i.e. vegetable gardens, fruit trees, livestock, ornamental flowers, etc.). When the farm was passed down to the next generation in the family, the field was hayed, grazed, and at one point leased out to an organic vegetable farming operation. They also maintained a small scale flower farm closer to the homestead.
We have a few running ideas for how best to utilize the land, but we're open to suggestions from experienced growers/farmers.
This field is fenced and can be flood-irrigated, so it's ideal for grazing.
We'd really like to see this field restored to its previous, healthier glory. Its old fencing has broken down, and we're slowly working on ripping it out, so it's not currently a great candidate for grazing or crops that are vulnerable to wildlife (unless you are interested in investing in fencing, which we're open to). It could be great for hay, but it would likely need a season of restorative cover crops to have good enough soil for any higher value crops.
Please summarize your long-term goals regarding your land:We (Cove and Amy) are a young couple who has inherited this land from the generation before us. Cove's great grandparents homesteaded the property, and the generations since have ushered it through many years of organic management. The property is made up of a 3.5 acre homestead, and a ~25 acre field that has upper and lower sections. The fields have sat fallow for ~5 years. We recently moved to Hamilton to care for Cove's father, and we'd love to see the land become productive again.
We are open to a diversity of operations, whether it be livestock or crop oriented, but we are ultimately hoping to find growers/farmers who share our priorities of sustainable agriculture and conservation. We are relatively new to the game, despite the rich family history, and would welcome any and all advice for how to get such a treasured piece of property back into working condition.